Misses – Near Misses!
Work is 60 miles from home through some central Washington farmland. As I was passing some wetland, doing about 65mph on the '9'er, a Redwing Blackbird (slightly smaller than a robin) quartered toward me across my front, left to right, and ran into my right shoulder pocket. I felt like a shortstop taking a line drive to the shoulder. Hurts like anything and left the same red color mark I get when I spend a day shooting my M1 Garand rifles.
This is the first time I've been hit, but I've had near misses by a porcupine, a skunk, pheasants, chickens, and other small birds. My most potentially serious miss was with two cow moose in Yellowstone Park. Even with the headlight on them, they look like two dark holes in the night.
My father had a bad one though. He was riding his CB450 "Black Bomber" on a secondary highway. It was warm so he unzipped the sleeves on his leather jacket to let some air flow up his arms. Suddenly, he scooped up a yellowjacket who commenced to "sit" on him seven times. He later recalled what the auto driver behind him must have thought when the bike in front comes to a panic stop and the rider quickly sheds his jacket and throws it in the gravel, and is seen jumping up and down on it!
Well, hope all your's are "near misses".